Tag Archives: Secondlife

WSTC – the reading list

I’m about to head over to Amazon to order a bunch of the books I browsed through on the conference book stall.

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What’s my point?

I had lunch with a couple of friends at the Hursley club house on Friday, and spent much of the time discussing Second Life. Fridays seem to have become a day for me to play the role of “totally unofficial metaverse evangelist-lite” – in the past fortnight I’ve spent quite a lot of the time presenting on SL on Fridays, both formally and informally. This was one of the more informal sessions, and an interesting discussion… although I’m not sure either of my colleagues were convinced.

I was pleased to hear that both Lee and Rich are readers of my blog. One thing that they said that puzzled me slightly was when they made the point that “all you ever seem to post about is SL”. OK, so after some discussion they modified this to say that I must spend a lot of my time messing around in SL – or at least that’s the impression that comes across very strongly from my writing.

It’s a fair point that my writing hasn’t consistently focused in one particular area. If anything, the blog has probably tilted towards photography and away from technical WebSphere-related topics lately. I’m very excited by the possibilities presented by virtual worlds, but I’m involved in that area strictly as a volunteer, and I don’t intend to give the impression that all I do all day is run around a 3D environment getting excited by virtual musicians. My day job as a WebSphere consultant is my primary focus.

I’d already noticed that I hadn’t been posting quite so much about my day-to-day activities or the technologies I work with, so I’ll try to do some more of that. However, the tagline of the blog says it all, as does the About page – there is still going to be a mixture of topics to read about.

Second Life IS work

Had a couple of days of Second Life-related activity.

I spent yesterday in the company of the exceptionally cool Roo Reynolds, one of IBM’s Metaverse Evangelists. It was great to learn more about our thinking in terms of virtual worlds… and I even introduced him to Mugshot and Windows Live Writer, so I like to think I had an impact on his life, too.

Today, I helped a colleague present on virtual worlds and Eightbar to an internal audience in London; and this afternoon I gave my own presentation to another internal group in Canada. Both experiences were very enjoyable – there’s a wow factor when you move from presenting a set of slides, to zooming around a three dimensional space, to showing off some of the stuff that we’ve been building on the IBM Island Complex.

Back to more usual activities next week.

Lotus makes Connections

… and on the day I can’t make use of my normal connectivity, comes the news I’ve been waiting to talk about!

Ed Brill is the first blogger I’ve found who mentions one of the major Lotusphere 2007 announcements: Lotus Connections. This is a culmination of a lot of the work we’ve been doing internally around collaborative “Web 2.0” tools such as blogs, social bookmarking, and social networks (I talked about it briefly before, in a post about Ventura).

The International Herald Tribune likens the release to MySpace for corporations. Some people might feel that MySpace is a bit frivolous, and I’d agree – in my opinion, it is largely aimed at teens. However, the technology and trends that it (and other social networking sites) represents are enormously important to business, and several of us have been evangelising this message for some time now. When I’ve talked about it with colleagues, I’ve sometimes encountered the reaction “where’s the value?” or “surely this is all going to eat into my time…” – both perfectly valid points, but I think they are answered quite straightforwardly.

A recent BBC News report mentioned that over half of American teenagers were familiar with social networking sites. The next generation of workers are already beginning to absorb these technologies into their lifestyles. Businesses can now start to build these kinds of networks internally, and there is real value in doing so.

If you’re not sure about the power of these kinds of tools within a company, witness my own blogging network. To pick individuals from my blogroll at random, without having an internal blogging platform, I simply would never have communicated with people such as Ed, Per, Cesar or Dan… or worked with Hannah, Andrew, Chris, Kelly or the eightbar crowd. These tools have transformed the way that we work, and the way in which I see the world.

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Incidentally, there’s a Lotusphere location in Second Life, too… again, I’m unable to go and check it out for myself right now due to connectivity issues. See Per’s post for more. I’ll be online later.

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IBM, the Australian Open, and a virtual world

In case you don’t follow eightbar… and even if you do… Kelly Daly has just posted to her blog about the amazing new Second Life build that she and a group of other IBMers have created for the Australian Open tennis tournament:

for starters, we have built the stadium. And a large section of the surrounding grounds. The build currently includes Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court, Garden Square, Australian Open Shop […]

Smooth movement of ball by converting point data to position and velocity vectors and then utilising the Second Life physics engine.

It is one of the best builds I’ve seen, and the amount of work and attention to detail that has gone into it really make it stand out. I think it may be closed or oversubscribed at the moment (I just tried visiting again, and failed to get in to the sim), but be sure to visit when it is open to all.

Screenshots on the eightbar post, and in epredator Potato’s snapzilla stream (you’ll also find the slurl there).

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